Trip to France: Camp le Taurus in Montpellier, Meze
Audience: 4th to 5th Grade students
Mèze is about 40km from Montpellier. It is located in the Hérault Départment, in the region of Occitanie.(https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fi2uHtI47HY)
The camp is a facility including dormitories, restrooms, showers, restaurant, study rooms, and a conference room. It is accredited by the French Ministry of Education. See more at: http://www.le-taurus.fr
Getting the student ready for the field trip experience begins in the classroom through research projects related to the trip and planned activities. This is aimed at helping the students getting a sense of orientation before they leave their family. Once in France, the students will follow activities and tours that will help them getting familiarized with the area.
We want our American and binational students to come back with a deeper understanding of the multiculturality of their environment, so they can themselves share this understanding once back in Portland.
Sharing cultural events between France and the United States
Audience: Preschool to 5th Grade student, their families.
Throughout the schoolyear, L'Etoile is celebrating several French holiday that are culturally important. Those yearly events have been incredibly successful so far in building a French community and sharing valuable moments between the French and American families that compose L'Etoile.
La Galette des Rois, first week of January
An introduction to the concept of recipe is brought about in the classroom beforehand, and the whole school then gathers to cook and share the galettes with the staff and the families.
La Chandeleur, first week of February
This holiday is celebrated by cooking some crêpes. Again, the recipe is shared and studied before the event, when families and students gather to cook and eat the delicious crêpes together! This tradition comes from Brittany, but since crêpes are now known all around the United States it is an interesting experience to share the original recipe with our American community.
La Saint Valentin
Cultural and linguistic exchanges
Partnerships with French Universities
This year, the University of Dijon (Burgundy, France) sent 3 French Master’s students in our school. During this linguistic exchange, the students were hosted by local families and were involved in cultural, linguistic and sportive local events.
Let's chat! Virtual conversation between two schools
L’Etoile and a French preschool in Annecy, France, exchanged crafts during Valentine and Easter! Both made their own
Overview and impact: The two preschool classes made crafts for special occasions like Valentines and Easter and send those crafts to the other school.
We also had a virtual exchange via Skype and a group of children explained how we celebrated those events in class, talked about the book we read in relation to those events. We also send each other some videos of the children singing French songs.
The children in France discovered some American traditions and how some events are celebrated there.